Your registered office does not need to be your trading premises.
Farillio's guide to registered offices will help you learn more about how and why your registered office is important to your business – and those who monitor or who trade with it.
Many companies change their registered address after a while. Sometimes, especially in the early days of their company history. This is because they may have formed their limited company via a formation agent, or an accountant, and used the agent or accountant's address as their registered office.
Those who start out in co-work or shared spaces may, in time, outgrow those premises and move to bigger ones too.
What do you need to change a registered company address?
Proposing the change to registered company address if you intend to propose this at a board meeting.
Resolving to change the company's registered address.
3. Instructions to the relevant person(s) to complete and file Form AD01 with Companies House
This contains the relevant instructions for the registry to register this change. You can file online or by paper and post. There's no fee.
4. To update, as relevant, any staff or your accountants in relation to the change.
How to change your registered company address
Order of steps
Simply follow the order of the elements listed above – it's pretty straightforward.
But don't forget...!
It's very simple to change your registered address. What's most important, is that you notify not just Companies House to get the address changed, but also any other official or relevant entity that needs to know your registered address.
These additional entities will include:
- the UK's Intellectual Property Office, and any foreign equivalent, if you have registered trade and/or design and/or patent rights
- your insurers
- your bank
- anyone who sends you paper invoices or formal notices (which means anyone with whom you have a contract)
You should also change the description of your registered address on any company literature, like letterheads, email disclaimers, on your website and in your terms and conditions and privacy notice documentation.
You're legally obliged to do this.
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